When asked about the future of his music, Steven Palin of Bridgeport always replies hesitantly.
For Steven, the idea of a solo music project has existed for nearly a decade. He has never formed a band, aiming to grow into his own voice as naturally as possible. Every lyric he has scribbled in his notebooks have been deeply sincere and personal.
It’s difficult for Steven to present himself like this. Most listeners have pinned Bridgeport as an acoustic pop songwriter, in the likes of Plain White Tees or Never Shout Never!
Sure, his sound may have a pop influence but it’s some of the most genuine pop you’ll witness – a form of pop that harkens back to old high school anxieties, dropped in between convoluted & quirky, half standup material and presented in the form of a love song. Only Bridgeport can perform like this and make you want to go back for more.
It’s always a revision process with Steven. Just as many new songs end up as crumbled balls of paper as they do on the stage.
Amidst all this second-guessing there is no question Bridgeport is growing a loyal and eager fanbase – albeit it has been a slow process. At times, his classical guitar studies and music business degree have forced him to go on hiatus throughout the semester. Throw in a job talent buying for concerts on campus, and there’s an entire schedule to balance. But when he does make it back onstage, every show is a substantial event.
With two EPs (self-titled, 2008 and “Letters,” 2011), A management contract and a growing list of past shows, he has begun to believe some of the credibility his supporters have seen from the beginning.
His next crop of recordings and shows just might push him into the next level. Steven has finally started to let others in the writing and recording process. New recordings, a Northwest tour and June hometown festival are all on the to-do list for the Summer/Fall of 2012.